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Lifesharing is one of 58 regional non-profits dedicated to the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation. Lifesharing provides organ recovery, donor family support, and educational services for the diverse population of approximately 3 million people in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Organ and tissue procurement services supply 28 donor hospitals and four local transplant centers with transplantable organs for the ever-growing waiting list of nearly 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 123,000 patients nationwide.

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Writing to Transplant Recipients

LifesharingResources For Donor FamiliesWriting to Transplant Recipients
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The decision to write to recipients is a very personal one. You might not be ready to write to the recipients at this time. There is no time limit for sending a letter. However, the sooner correspondence is sent, the more likely the recipient can be located and will receive the letter.

All correspondence is anonymous and identities are kept confidential to protect the privacy of both families. If your loved one was an organ donor, you do not need to wait to write to recipient(s). You may send a greeting card, letter, or photos. If your loved one was a tissue donor, it may take up to five years before the tissue is transplanted.

Since your card or letter must be mailed to Lifesharing, and then forwarded to the recipient (s) transplant center, please allow extra time for it to arrive. Be patient, it may take a few weeks for the recipient to receive your letter.

You should also know that you may not hear from the recipient. But we do know that recipients appreciate hearing from donor families and are grateful for the Gift of Life.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a Lifesharing Family Services Specialist at [email protected] or 619-543-7225

Mailing your letter:

Please send your correspondence to the Family Services Department:

c/o Family Services
7436 Mission Valley Road San Diego, CA 92108

Tips for the Letter-Writing Process:

  • Share General Information
    • Your loved one’s FIRST NAME
    • Your loved one’s interests, hobbies, etc.
    • A favorite memory
    • Photos
  • Only write information you are comfortable sharing.
  • Details about medical information or cause of death should be avoided.
  • To ensure confidentiality, please only use FIRST NAMES.
  • Do not reveal any other details regarding home or contact information.
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